I’m speaking on Talk Radio today about this piece of research from the Woodruff Health Sciences Centre in Atlanta.
Fathers are more responsive to their daughters than to their sons, researchers found.
As well as being more attentive, they are also more likely to sing to their daughters and use words associated with their body such as ‘belly,’ ‘cheek,’ ‘face,’ ‘fat’ and ‘feet.’
Fathers of sons engage in more rough-and-tumble play with their child and use language related to power and achievement – words such as ‘best,’ ‘win,’ ‘super’ and ‘top.’
The research shows how unconscious ideas about gender influence the way we treat people – even when they’re very young children.
Do you agree?